I'm interested in hearing what the consensus is on Tried-and-true method of covering your scope in the elk hunting field is???
And why. From Flip-ups, bikini, to Neoprene. Seems like there are pros and cons to each.
Neoprene scope covers. I pull it when coming over a ridge, or into an opening that looks like an area that holds animals. I like the vortex version with little loop tabs to grip. They are pretty easy to pull off in a hurry, and provide some protection for your optic.
None, just one more thing to slow you down when things are happening fast. I do carry a Scope Slicker cover easily accessible that I can put on in the rain or if I have to crashing and bashing through snow covered branches. The neoprene scope covers are something that got started to advertise for the manufactures and now all the YouTube watchers think there cool.
I also use the bikini or neoprene cover but generally only have it covering the lenses when in conditions that could result in the lenses getting dirty or excessively wet. One trick is two put a zip tie around the scope cover in front of or behind the adjustment turrets so that if you have to uncover the lenses quickly, you don't have to concern yourself with losing the cover or putting it in a pocket.
Really like the flip ups. With just a little practice you can train the motion of popping them up as you come up on the gun. I like being able to make sure my lenses are kept clean if pushing through brush or moisture.